Medical Gothic: organ harvesting and medicalised abjection in Kazuo Ishiguro and Neal Shusterman.

Wasson, Sara-Patricia (2011) Medical Gothic: organ harvesting and medicalised abjection in Kazuo Ishiguro and Neal Shusterman. In: Gothic limits / Gothic Ltd.’: 10th Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association. 2-5 August 2011., 2-5 August 2011, University of Heidelberg, Germany. (Unpublished)

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The International Gothic Association facilitates dissemination of research in Gothic and horror from the eighteenth century to the present, and the Conference is held once every two years. This year, the conference is entitled ‘Gothic Limits’ and contributors are asked to engage with the limits of the Gothic as a category. This paper examined potential intersections between Gothic literary study and medical humanities. Medical humanities can be defined as bringing the techniques of humanities scholarship (for example, textual analysis and considerations of narrative form) to bear on medical discourse and processes. Specifically, I examine disturbing contemporary fiction that engages with global organ harvesting and tissue mobilities. I suggest that Gothic studies can be valuable for analysing what I call ‘medicalised abjection’, i.e. moments where biotechnological medical networks operate to mark off certain people as not fully human.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gothic studies; medical humanities; abjection; Kazuo Ishiguro; Neal Shusterman;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 800 Literature > 820 English & Old English literatures
Library of Congress Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Item ID: 4647
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 10:16
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 11:14

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